Saturday, July 16, 2011

Grammar, spelling bees and reading with author Jen DeLucy + Giveaway

I owe my childhood English teachers a debt of gratitude.  If it wasn’t
for them, I’m not so sure how this whole writing gig would have panned

When I was a kid, I went to a parochial school full of nuns who really
enjoyed their grammar.  In fact, I can remember diagramming forty
sentences a day with Sister DeSales, and you know what? I actually
enjoyed it!  I still diagram a few just for fun sometimes, and yes, I
know this makes me a colossal nerd, but I’m okay with that, because I
can map out the difference between a compound sentence and a
compound-complex sentence, and for some reason, this fact helps me
sleep a little better at night. Truly, though, I’m so thankful to
those teachers for stressing reading and English aptitude, because I
would learn later that this is definitely not the case in a lot of

Remember Book-It?? Oh, the beloved trips to Pizza Hut for the personal
pan pizzas you’d earn once each reading list was completed.  The
system worked! It was a double treat—great books to read… and cheesy,
saucy goodness. Can’t go wrong!

Along with the above, our school had a wonderful little library.  I
adored it.  So many fantastic things seemed to center around that
space.  Our librarian would read Dr. Suess to my class, we’d have
spooky Halloween reading sessions with the lights off and a scary
book-on-tape playing.  And best of all, we could pick as many books as
we wanted, week after week after week.

I also owe that school for eternally solidifying in my mind the
spelling of one word in particular.  Picture this: You’re eleven years
old and you’re among the last four people left standing in the school
spelling bee.  You’re knocking those suckers out like a pro… and then
comes the most horrific, most heinous, most merciless word an
eleven-year-old could ever imagine.  Consider that I had prepped for
this bee with all my might.  I’d studiously memorized from the
assigned lists for what seemed like ages and here I was, on the brink
of spelling glory when suddenly I come face to face with the word that
will undo it all:


Mattress? Two T’s AND two S’s?!  Inhumane!  But I’ll tell you that I
never forgot how to spell mattress after that.
I sure hope there are still schools out there who think it’s a
fabulous idea to make their kids diagram sentences every day, and I
hope there are programs like Book-It that encourage them (with a
little yummy bribery) to read, read, read!  Have you signed up for
your local library’s reading program with your little ones yet? I know
they have one, so what are you waiting for?

As a thank you for reading this and a nudge to pick up a few books,
I’m giving away my own! So follow Lisa’s instructions and good luck to


You can find more information about his author at:

Her website
Author Blog

Giveaway details:

Jen had graciously agreed to give away a signed copy of both Seers Of Light, and Whisper Of Light. Woot!!!

Blurb taken from Goodreads:

Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that her instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things disappearing strangers, tangible dreams, and visits from malevolent creatures cannot be ignored. Before it's too late, Lillian is ripped from the only existence she s ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected, but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth about who she is, the powerful beings that wish to destroy her, and the two men who would die to protect her.

Jennifer DeLucy has created a unique, enchanting tale of destiny and the ageless power of love in her debut novel, 
Seers of Light. DeLucy's novel charms readers with quirky characters, while sketching a haunting portrait of one woman's journey on the path of the supernaturally gifted. But be prepared. Once you've entered the world of Seers, you will never be the same.

Blurb taken from Goodreads:

The saying goes that all men are created equal... but Nicole Abbot knows better. Lacking the supernatural gifts of the Sentients she has known all her life, Nicole has lived with her nose pressed to the glass, withering beneath the guilt of her own inadequacies and the disapproving glare of her father. It's easy to believe that the universe has forgotten all about her, but things are not always as they seem. With the arrival of Christian Wright, a handsome but complex Combatant with a troubled history, Nicole is forced to question everything she has ever believed about herself, proving that sometimes, our most flawed perceptions are those reflected in a mirror.

Jennifer DeLucy again plunges us into the world of lingering spirits, dark apparitions, and malicious vampires. But this time she takes us to the California coast where we get to know a new ensemble of gifted souls that are just as vibrant and endearing as the Sentients we came to love in Seers of Light. In Whisper of Light, DeLucy delivers exciting supernatural encounters as well as very human interactions that will both break your heart and make it soar.

Giveaway rules:

  • You must be a follower of this blog
  • If you're not following Jen, you should get on it, pronto!
  • You must leave a comment with an email addy
  • open internationally
This giveaway will be open until the end of the month


coliebear said...

I am a GFC follower (coliebear).

_yay_ said...

Thanks for the giveaway.It's much appreciated.
GFC: _yay_

Kaitlyn said...

I'm a loyal follower. I also follow Jen =)

Nocturnal Readings

~ Babs ~ said...

I am an old follower ( barbara hightower )and so glad I stopped by. I have never heard of these books and they sound wonderful.


Bhitwr at gmail dot com

Cherry said...

I just became a follower of this blog. Am an old follower of Jen's. My GFC name is Cherry.

Cherry Mischievous
cherrymischif-soldier [at] yahoo [dot] com

dor said...

I follow you both on google friend ...dor
Thanks so much.
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melora said...

I am following both Lisa and Jen's blog under Melora Brock.

And yes I remember Book-it! My family were poor so these were great treats to have and all because of reading.

melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

magan bagan said...

Yay! Thanks for the post and the giveaway. I've been going crazy wanting to read these books :)


Judy said...

These are great reads. Putting them on TBR list. Thanks for post.



tetewa said...

I'm a follower, count me in!

Tara W said...

Thanks for the chance! These books sound like great reads.
old gfc follower: Tara W
new follower of Jen: Tara W
mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

IdentitySeeker said...

Thanks for the great giveaway:)

GFC: Identity Seeker

Follwoing on Jen on Twitter: @SweetNSensible

Carina Olsen said...

Oh, awesome giveaway :D I would love to win this. <3 Thank you for the chance :)
I follow you on gfc, as Carina Olsen :)
Love, Carina ~

Jennifer Lane said...

Mattress? SO inhumane. I love hearing about your childhood though, you nerdy sentence diagrammer. Good luck with the giveaway!

Momo (Books Over Boys) said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I am a GFC follower: Momo (Books Over Boys)!


donnas said...

Thanks for the chance!!

I am a follower

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Jasmine1485 said...

Ooh, vampires...ghosts.. I'm in! :) I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485, thanks for this giveaway!

kate1485 at

magan bagan said...
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BLHmistress said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

follower of both-BLHmistress


inga said...

I love spelling, too!
I am probably far from the best spellers in English, but in my native language I am quite good at it and I enjoy it! Languages as such have always been my big interest and I speak 6 of them, but still, I am excellent only in one of them - my mothertongue.

Thanks for the post and the blurbs of the books. They seem interesting and I will add them to my TBR list in Goodreads.

I follow the author in Twitter.


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Robin said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I so want to read your books!

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

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